George W. Bush grants rare interview, says failure on immigration one of his biggest regrets

by Jenny Mount · Apr 15th, 2021 11:38 am

Last Updated Apr 16th, 2021 at 3:29 pm

Anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" Norah O'Donnell conducted a rare interview with former President George W. Bush about immigration, politics, painting, and more for "CBS Sunday Morning." The interview is scheduled to broadcast on April 18.

During O'Donnell's visit at the Texas ranch, 74-year-old Bush opened up about life after office, his thoughts on the country, his painting and his new book, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants."

Bush gave an Oval Office address on immigration in 2006 and told O'Donnell that he is ready to re-enter the debate, including lobbying his own party on the issue. O'Donnell then asked if immigration was "one of the biggest disappointments" of his presidency.

"Yes, it really is. I campaigned on immigration reform," Bush said. "I made it abundantly clear to voters this is something I intended to do."

Bush said he believes that nothing is being done, saying that there are "a lot of executive orders, but all that means is that Congress isn't doing its job."


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